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The Epilepsy Foundation offers a variety of educational training programs to help everyone from school nurses to child care personnel and first responders. Some are accredited training programs and others simply help you better understand how to respond to epilepsy in your profession. You can find out more by visiting the program pages below:

Seizure First Aid Certification 

One in 10 people will have a seizure at some point in their life.  Knowing how to help someone during a seizure can make a difference and save a life. While everyone should know basic seizure first aid, becoming Seizure First Aid Certified takes you further. During this course, you will learn how to recognize different seizure types and how to use seizure first aid for different types of seizures.  You will also learn when a seizure is a medical emergency and 911 should be called. The Seizure First Aid Certification is a two-year certification and is designed for anyone that might come in contact with someone having a seizure, people that have a loved one with epilepsy and people that work with the public.  

School Nurses

Managing Students with Seizures is a continuing education training program designed to provide the school nurse with information, strategies and resources that will enable him/her to better manage the student with seizures by supporting positive treatment outcomes, maximizing educational and developmental opportunities, and ensuring a safe and supportive environment. Nurses can receive continuing education units. 

Other School Personnel

Classroom teachers, special education teachers, librarians, teacher assistants, school bus drivers, aides, and other staff members or volunteers in grades K-12 can all benefit and can receive continuing education units.

Child Care Personnel

“Seizure Training for Child Care Personnel” can help anyone who cares for or supervises young children learn about seizure first aid. The training dispels myths and reduces misunderstanding about epilepsy and seizures so young children stay safe and feel supported.

First Responders

The Foundation offers resources and training to help first responders better understand how to recognize and respond to someone having a seizure.


Seniors & Seizures Training is a continuing education program designed to provide caregivers and staff of adult day care centers, senior centers, long-term facilities, nursing homes, and other senior-serving organizations with strategies to better recognize and respond to seizures among older adults.

Epilepsy Research Training

The future of epilepsy research depends on attracting the best scientific minds to the study of seizures and seizure disorders. To do that, the Epilepsy Foundation offers a series of training fellowships in basic, clinical and behavioral science to scientists at the start of their careers. These fellowships, awarded to young people at the nation's leading research institutes, have in many cases been the first steps toward a lifetime commitment to solving the medical and scientific puzzle of why epilepsy develops and how it can be treated or prevented.

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Epilepsy Foundation Communications
Saturday, January 18, 2020